Cathal Watters ISC


Director of Photography


After having studied Drama in Trinity College Dublin I started shooting documentaries and I have been lucky enough to travel the world shooting various projects. Having always wanted to light drama I started shooting short films and music videos. I now work mainly in Film and TV drama. I always look to see how I can use lighting, composition and movement to help tell the story. Below are samples of my work. 

Upcoming Projects

The Angel of Darkness

Director: David Caffery / Clare Kilner

Writer: Stuart Carolan

One year after The Alienist, with Sara Howard, now a private detective, seeking out Dr Kreizler's help in finding the kidnapped infant daughter of a visiting Spanish dignitary. Dr Kreizler reunites with Sara, John Moore and the rest of the original team, with their search for the missing child bringing them into contact with a mysterious woman with a murderous past who is connected to a notorious gang.


Director  / Writer: Dathaí Keane

The story of Micí Finky, a musician and puppeteer who suffers an horrific accident and is given a chance at redemption when he is recruited by a violent, avant-garde circus.

Papi Chulo

Director / Writer : John Butler

After a newly-single TV weatherman (Matt Bomer) is put on leave following an on-air meltdown, he directs his energy into home improvement and hires a middle-aged Latino day laborer named Ernesto (Alejandro Patiño) to help. Despite a language barrier and having nothing in common, the two men develop an unexpected but profound friendship in this darkly comedic reflection on class, ethnicity, and companionship in contemporary Los Angeles.

Dark Lies The Island

Director: Ian Fitzgibbon

Writer: Kevin Barry

The film follows the characters in a long standing family feud in a small Irish town over the course of a week.


Director : Paddy Breathnach

Writer: Roddy Doyle

ROSIE tells the story of a mother trying to protect her family after their landlord sells their rented home and they become homeless.

Peaky Blinders

Director: David Caffrey

Tiger Aspect 2017

AMERICAN SOCIETY of CINEMATOGRAPHERS Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in a Regular Series for Non-Commercial Television nominee


BAFTA 2018 winner Best Drama

National Television Awards 2019 - Best Drama

Royal Television Society Award Photography - Drama 2018 nominee

IFTA Best Cinematography 2018 nominee


Director Paddy Breathnach

Treasure Films

Jesus does make up for a troupe of drag performers in Havana, but dreams about being a performer. When he finally gets his chance to be on stage, a stranger emerges from the crowd and punches him in the face. The stranger is his father Angel a former boxer who has been absent from his life.  


A Dark Song

Director Liam Gavin

Samson Films

A determined young woman and a damaged occultist risk their lives and souls to perform a dangerous ritual that will grant them what they want.


Dominion Creek / An Klondike (Season 2)

Director Dathaí Keane

Abú Media / Netflix

In 1897, the Connolly brothers-recent immigrants from Ireland-dream of striking it rich in the Wild West. When news reaches them of a fortune in the Yukon, youngest brother Seamus heads north to the town of Dominion, leaving Tom and Pdraig no choice but to follow their wayward sibling.

Nominated Best Cinematography IFTA 2017

Handsome Devil

Director: John Butler

Treasure Entertainment 2016

Ned and Conor are forced to share a bedroom at their boarding school. The loner and the star athlete at this rugby-mad school form an unlikely friendship until it's tested by the authorities...  


The Flag

Director Declan Recks

Treasure Films 

Harry Cambridge, a down on his luck builder finds out his father raised the flag in the 1916 rising. The Flag now hangs in a British Army Barracks. He makes up his mind to get it.

Dare to be Wild

Director Vivienne De Courcy

Dare to be Wild is the story of one woman who sowed the seed of change. It tells the extraordinary and inspiring true story of Irishwoman Mary Reynolds' journey from rank outsider to winner of a Gold Medal at the Chelsea Flower Show

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